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  1. Ta-ra for now...

    That's all we've got time for sadly, but scroll down for tributes to guitar legend Scotty Moore and Mustang Sally Composer Mack Rice - plus news on that rumoured Spice Girls 20th anniversary reunion and a new Keith Richards documentary coming to the BBC.

    There's also new music from the likes of Cassius (featuring the vocal talents of OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder and Pharrell) and Ezra Furman, and an exclusive look at the new video from Blossoms.

  2. St Vincent performs at a benefit gig in a toilet costume


    For reasons best known to herself, St Vincent - aka singer and guitarist Annie Clark - has performed some new songs at a benefit show in New York dressed as a toilet.

    The gig was apparently in aid of the son of her drummer, Matt Johnson, who is in recovery after suffering a seizure earlier in the year.

    The gig also featured special guests Father John Misty and Rufus Wainwright, who performed a song together.

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  3. Slipknot's Corey Taylor plays live in a neck brace following surgery

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    Never one to let a minor thing like a broken neck get in his way, Corey Taylor of Slipknot has taken to the stage in Nashville, Tennessee in a neck brace.

    The masked metal band were due to kick of their US tour with Marilyn Manson on 9 June but after Taylor broke a bone in his neck without realising it, he was ordered to rest by doctors.

    He told the crowd of assembled 'maggots' (the name the band have for their fans): "There was no way I wasn’t coming to Nashville to do this show."

    He later added: "It sure is weird playing with this pillow on my neck."

    Taylor also tweeted ahead of the show...

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  4. Sampha shares live acoustic rendition of new track Plastic 100°C

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    It has been two years since Sampha was included in the BBC's Sound of 2014 list and we are still awaiting a debut album from the producer and singer-songwriter.

    But that wait could be over soon as he has released two new songs in 2016.

    The latest, Plastic 100°C, follows Timmy's Prayer, and he's recorded a live take on the roof of his Young Turks label in east London.

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  5. Interview with 20-year-old Bob Dylan becomes a cartoon


    A more than 50-year-old interview with Bob Dylan has been animated by US television service PBS as part of its series Blank On Blank.

    In 1962, the then-20-year-old was interviewed by New York radio station WBAI for its Folksingers Choice series.

    In the interview Dylan talks about his lack of schooling, his teenage years working for a carnival and his struggles with his harmonica.

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  6. Richard Hawley and others pay tribute to Scotty Moore

    More fans of Scotty Moore have been paying tribute to the pioneering guitarist, who played on Elvis hits like Blue Suede Shoes, after his death aged 84. 

    The former member of Elvis Presley's original band is credited with helping the King of Rock n Roll shape his music and inspiring generations of guitarists - including Richard Hawley who thanks Moore for "shaping my universe".

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    And many have been quoting Keith Richards' famous line about the guitarist:

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    Scroll down for more tributes from the likes of Billy Idol. 

  7. Kamasi Washington on playing the BBC Proms

    He has spent the past ten years plus touring with artists such as Herbie Hancock, Lauryn Hill and Snoop Dogg, but now jazz saxophonist Kamasi Washington has been talking about coming to the Royal Albert Hall in London for this year's BBC Proms.

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    Video caption: Saxophonist Kamasi Washington on playing this year's BBC Proms

    Kamasi, who played on Kendrick Lamar's multi-Grammy winning album To Pimp A Butterfly, already pledged to premiere new music when he plays on 30 August with conductor Jules Buckley and the strings of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.

    You can also still check out his Sunday performance on the West Holts stage at Glastonbury.

  8. Mel B says Spice Girls reunion won't happen till next year

    Spice Girls on their 10 year reunion tour

    While we were yet to hear any official announcement of dates for a Spice Girls  20th anniversary reunion world tour, it now looks like it won't actually be happening until 2017.

    Mel B appeared on US talk show Live with Kelly to talk about judging on America's Got Talent, when talked turned to how the former girl group would be marking the two decades since first single Wannabe came out.

    "It is our 20th anniversary this year, this would be the perfect year, but - places get booked out this year. So what we're hopefully doing is planning on doing something to celebrate next year."

    She added: "But, it's something that we want to do and it would be nice to celebrate and give thanks to all the fans and stuff. And I'm not getting any younger, let's hurry up and get this done."

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  9. Cassius team up with Ryan Tedder for new track


    French dance duo Cassius debuted new track The Missing on Annie Mac's Radio 1 Show last night as Tuesday's Hottest Record. 

    It features OneRepublic frontman Ryan Tedder and Pharrell Williams. 

    "Ryan is the lead vocal on it," explained one half of Cassius, Philippe Zdar, on the phone from Ibiza, "and we had Pharrell as some kind of backing vocals.

    "So it's really cool, it's like a winning team."   

    The Missing is from their forthcoming album, Ibifornia, due at the end of August. 

    "We always wanted to invent a word," said Phillipe of the album's made up name. 

    "And try to do a music that goes from the house music we love from Ibiza to the very short pop songs from California from the 60s, 70s, 80s - and that's why we invented this word."

    Listen to the track and his full chat with Annie below. 

  10. John Legend, Ice Cube and N-Sync to get stars on Hollywood Walk of Fame

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    Musicians including John Legend and rapper and actor Ice Cube feature on a new list of celebrities who'll be getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2017.

    The brass stars emblazoned on Hollywood Boulevard honour personalities from music, film and TV for their achievements in the entertainment industry.  

    Hall & Oates and NSync - Justin Timberlake's former boyband - will also be awarded one of the brass stars on Hollywood Boulevard, which honour achievement in music, film and TV.

    N Sync (pictured with some pretty fine 'dos below in 2001) split up in 2002 but, until Adele recently broke their record with 25, had the fastest-selling album in US history for 2000's No Strings Attached.

    N Sync in 2001

    Find out which actors made the list, including Hugh Laurie, Ryan Reynolds and Eva Longoria.

  11. Ezra Furman streams track from forthcoming new EP

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    Ezra Furman has announced a new 6-track EP called Big Fugitive Life will be released on 19 August.

    The first new track by the Chicago singer is called Teddy I'm Ready and is available to stream now.

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    Here's what he had to say on the record:

    Quote Message: Big Fugitive Life is a group of our favourite orphaned songs that have banded together to form a unit. They are focused on the theme of the mind unmoored - those of us who have been left to drift unsupervised through the modern world. We dedicate this record to refugees of all kinds, all over the world. May all the wanderers find the homes they seek, and and may those with power welcome them as fellow citizens of humanity.

    After many years performing and making records, it was Furman's 2015 album Perpetual Motion People that brought him to a wider audience. 

    But following his Glastonbury performance on the Park Stage on Friday he told 6 Music News that getting more mainstream love doesn't mean he belongs in that world:

    Quote Message: If you start to feel like maybe you're in the middle of the road, whether the road came to you or you came to the middle of the road, you've got to go and find a ditch to play in for a while. This stuff is supposed to be odd I think... If you start to realise that your audience is telling you what they want and you have to respect that, you're in the wrong place, you know? I tell you what you want, and I think that's the better way to do it.
  12. The Strokes release new video Threat of Joy

    Still from The Strokes video Threat of Joy

    Earlier this month, The Strokes shared their first new music in three years with their Future Present Past EP.

    Now following an 80s-style video for the song Drag Queen, they've made a surreal promo for Threat Of Joy.

    It's been directed by the band's long-term collaborator Warren Fu. Sadly we can't post it here - due to Julian Casablancas getting a bit sweary - but you can watch it on YouTube if you're not too easily offended.

  13. Lady Gaga in China - an update

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    It has been widely reported that Lady Gaga has effectively been 'banned' from China following her meeting in the US with spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama.

    However, the BBC's Bejing bureau has cleared things up saying there has been "no official statement from the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television or the Propaganda Department of the Central Committee of the CPC".

    And according to locals, Gaga's music is still available to stream on the Chinese service QQ Music.

  14. Tributes paid to Mustang Sally composer Mack Rice

    Mack Rice, the composer of '60s hit Mustang Sally and co-writer of the Staple Singers' landmark Respect Yourself has died in Detroit, aged 82. 

    His wife Laura Rice told AP he died of complications from Alzheimer's disease at their home on Monday.

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    Also known as "Sir" Mack Rice, he initially recorded Mustang Sally himself, but it went on to be a hit for singer Wilson Pickett, his bandmate in the Falcons.

    As a songwriter for Stax Records in Memphis, Tennessee, Rice split his time between there and Detroit, where he moved from Mississippi as a teen. 

    He wrote Respect Yourself with late R&B singer-songwriter Luther Ingram for the Staple Singers, which became Stax's biggest hit. 

    His wife said he wrote it in about 15 minutes after talking to other musicians in the studio about the need for people to respect themselves in order to be respected by others. 

    Singer Pat Lewis, a longtime friend and collaborator, called him a "gentle soul" who was loved by all and embodied his other nickname, "Gentleman".

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  15. Video premiere: Blossoms' Charlemagne

    We have a first play of the new Blossoms video now, for their track Charlemagne, taken from their forthcoming self-titled album.

    The Stockport-based band are continuing to make waves after a storming set on the Other Stage at Glastonbury this weekend.

    The new video opens with a quote from Victorian era-novelist Samuel Barker: "Time is the only true purgatory", and sees the band playing some kind of high-stakes card game with some dodgy looking old Western dudes.

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    The album is due out on on 5 August.

  16. Keith Richards to front BBC Two documentary about growing up

    Keith Richards

    Keith Richards is fronting a documentary about his formative years growing up in south-east London during post-war Britain. 

    Directed by Julien Temple, The Origin of the Species will air next month as part of the BBC's My Generation series about pop music history. 

    The Rollling Stones star will also handpick two nights of shows and live music performances for BBC Four, with each introduced by Richards himself.

    “There was a feeling late ‘50s/early ‘60s that there was a change coming,” Richards says.

    "I certainly felt that my generation and what was happening and the feeling in the air – was it’s time to push limits. The world is ours now and you can rise or fall on it.”

    Temple, who previously made the 1991 concert film Stones at the Max with the band, said: “Listening to the early Stones as a kid changed everything for me. I felt a new way of living emerging, a new kind of person becoming possible – something I wanted to be a part of."

    He added: “And without a doubt I thought Keith Richards was the origin of the species. This film sets out to explore how both he and the ‘60s in England came about.”

  17. China 'bans' Lady Gaga following Dalai Lama meeting

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    Lady Gaga has reportedly been banned from China after she met with the Dalai Lama at the weekend.

    A video of the 19-minute encounter – in which the pair pondered issues such as meditation, mental health and how to detoxify humanity – was posted on the singer’s Facebook account.

    However, it angered some fans in China.

    "She has not considered Chinese fans," said -GeorgeLee- on Weibo.  

    According to Hong Kong’s pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily, the ruling Communist party has issued "an important instruction" banning her entire repertoire from mainland China. 

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  18. Coldplay headline gig for Prince Harry's charity Sentebale

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    With just one night off after closing Glastonbury with their stunning set on Sunday night (which you can watch nowColdplay headlined a charity gig at Kensington Palace last night for Prince Harry's charity Sentebale. 

    Lesotho's Prince Seeiso and Harry established Sentebale in memory of their mothers in 2004, to raise money for children with HIV or Aids in sub-Saharah Africa. 

    Both joined Coldplay and the Basotho Youth Choir - 12 young people who have all been helped by the charity - on stage. 

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    Prince Harry called for more to be done to combat HIV/Aids as he kicked off Coldplay's energetic set, telling the three-thousand strong crowd at a rainy Kensington Palace that the disease "thrives off silence and feeds on stigma". 

    Other performers included Joss Stone, Laura Mvula, George the Poet and Nico and Vinz. 

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  19. Backstreet Boys recording a new album

    Taking a leaf out of Take That's book, the Backstreet Boys are working on a new album.

    Singer Nick Carter confirmed the band are working with country duo Florida Georgia Line on Instagram.

    He wrote: "In the studio with my@backstreetboys recording a song for@flagaline new album. Also working on the new backstreet album as well. Get ready!!"

    Three years ago, they released album In a World Like This, to coincide with their 20th anniversary.

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    Earlier this month they were on hand to honour songwriter Max Martin as he was presented with the Polar Music Prize in Sweden.

  20. Elvis guitarist Scotty Moore dies

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    Tributes are being paid to the pioneering rock guitarist Scotty Moore, a member of Elvis Presley's original band, who has died aged 84.

    He is credited with helping Elvis shape his music and inspired generations of guitarists.

    The Rolling Stones' Keith Richards once said: "Everyone else wanted to be Elvis, I wanted to be Scotty."

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